Strengthening the Earliest Years through Research and Collaboration

Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Partner Summit Information Session for State Allies

The period from prenatal development to age three (PN-3) is the most sensitive period for the developing brain and body, and one that lays the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. States are actively working to support early development by implementing policies and programs that enhance maternal and child health, foster parenting skills and family supports, and strengthen early care environments. They are also seeking evidence from science and evaluation research to guide their policy development so that it is cost-effective, impactful, and reduces disparities in children’s health and wellbeing.   State leaders, advocates, and funders now have a new partner to help define where to start when prioritizing policies that promote strong systems of care, the national Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center. With initial support from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, a project of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, The University of Texas at Austin established the Prenatal-to-Three Policy Impact Center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The Impact Center is led by Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Dean and Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership at the LBJ School.  

The Impact Center aims to be an integral resource that policy leaders, scholars, advocates, and funders can turn to for meaningful data, reliable evidence, and opportunities for collaboration across the field. You are invited to learn about the Impact Center’s plans and provide input to ensure their work is genuinely useful for your state.